A little while back, in February to be precise, I packed my bags for a weekend of pure creativity up in the gorgeous Stockbridge area of Edinburgh, Scotland. I joined a lively group of like-minded paper lovers who had gathered to take part in Rachel Hazell’s (aka “The Travelling Bookbinder”) Paperlove alumni workshop.


This was open to those of us who had completed the online version of the course, which I’d done two years ago, and you can read my blog post about it here.


It soon transpired that we’d all come from places as diverse as Amsterdam, the USA and, the lucky ones who didn’t have travel far and lived around the corner! Over the course of the next two days we all bonded over bookbinding – swapping and sharing paper and materials we’d brought with us to create our very own books from scratch.


Along with making new friends and spending quality time with my great pal and fellow Kingston University Illustration Degree alumni, the amazing Ceri Amphlett, the part that stays with me most was the feeling of being able to be completely creative for creativity’s sake, which, let’s face it, in our busy lives, juggling work and family responsibilities, is a rare and beautiful thing indeed!


And as if that wasn’t enough, I have since completed a commission for The Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens as a direct result of connecting with one of my fellow workshop attendees…more details of which to follow in a future post! Here’s to getting messy and creative with paper, paint and glue!


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